St Alban's Catholic Primary School

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Rationale and Intent

We use the Oak Academy as a basis for our music curriculum across the school. 


The emphasis of our music curriculum is the development of children’s musical understanding.


Children experience music in an integrated manner through creative, practical and engaging activities in which they are provided the opportunities to explore and control sound and musical processes. Their musical understanding develops progressively over time.


EYFS key learning

  • Children experience and respond to sound to unlock imagination and creativity; provides the starting point for the progression of musical learning.


Key stage 1 key learning

  • Children recognise and explore how sounds can be made, changed and organised.


Lower key stage 2 key learning

  • Children recognise and explore the way the sounds can be combined and used expressively.


Upper key stage 2 key learning

  • Children recognise and explore how musical ideas relate to each other within musical structures and how different parts fit together.


Inclusive and ambitious

We recognise that our curriculum needs to meet the needs and breadth of all pupils who will come from a variety of cultures and backgrounds with different levels of experience and interests.


The music curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Have access to high quality musical experiences that deliver life-enhancing benefits through curriculum and adopt habits and behaviours that foster a respectful and joyful community.
  • Experience a knowledge-led curriculum where they leave lessons gaining new knowledge and the ability to retain it.


Music context and cultures


Pupils will expand their knowledge and understanding of the cultural and contextual significance of the musical styles and genres that they engage with in their lessons.

The repertoire draws from both Western Classical Music and beyond and includes music from the following areas of the world:

  • The African Continent
  • The British Isles
  • The Caribbean
  • China
  • Europe
  • India
  • Japan
  • North America
  • South America